Adult Forum — January 2019 Forgiveness: Finding Peace Through Letting Go
“Forgiveness: Finding Peace Through Letting Go” is the subject of the Adult Forum for January. During the four sessions, Pastor Lindman will be leading the discussions. The topic is based on Adam Hamilton’s book, “Forgiveness: Finding Peace Through Letting Go.” A DVD will be used to give additional material during the course. This book is available through Amazon Books. Used books are also available through Amazon. This course’s aim is to explore the topic of forgiveness — in our relationship with God, with our spouse or romantic interests, with parents and siblings, and with others in our lives. We will be examining the topic of forgiveness in the Bible and in our lives. All are welcome to attend the Forum. We meet Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall.
Within the next two months, families begin to plan for summer vacations and children’s camping choices. Trinity has a special permanent account to support and encourage the youth of our congregation to attend Camp Kirchenwald or Camp Nawakwa for the blessings of spiritual growth in the beautiful outdoor setting of our church camps. Last year, our Camping Committee began setting aside a Sunday in January designated “Camping Sunday” to highlight the many and varied camping programs open to our youth who have completed grade one through high school. The goal of this fund is to offer families a limited portion of the cost so all children in our congregation may have this experience. Trinity is seeing more young children attending our Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. Church camp is a third part of this important education/spiritual growth and we want to be ready to include every child. Contributions may be made to the camping fund at any time of the year, but a special appeal will be made on Sunday, January 20, when we ask the congregation to join together to make this investment in our children. January 20 will feature a special speaker and a program that will make us proud of the Lutheran Camping Corporation’s program for its young members. Contributions may be made to the “Campership Fund” designating it on the bottom line of your church envelope.
Four women from Trinity Lutheran Church, New Holland, recently ventured to Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, to meet the Cover Girls quilt group from Bay Shore Lutheran Church. Their long-distance connection grew out of a simple need – a bulletin cover photo. A few years ago, Bay Shore Lutheran’s administrator was seeking congregational inspiration and discovered photos from Trinity, New Holland. After two years of communicating and appreciating how deeper relationships are formed, the quilters committed to getting to know one another better by removing the distance barrier. During their trip, they enjoyed sharing stories, eating, touring, and show-and-tell. This is only the beginning of their friendship, as their connectivity continues.
What can we learn from this powerful story? Sharing the good news in our congregations reaches people far and wide and results in deeper relationships. We give thanks to the following women from Trinity, New Holland, who faithfully traveled to Wisconsin to share stories and deepen relationships: Andrea Dukeman, Karin Freimuth, Doris Hunsberger and Theona Waxbom.
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.